CPCC Advisory Committee At Work

CPCC Advisory Committee Best Practices: Real World Examples of How Our Advisory Committees Help Us

Central Piedmont Community College intends to become the national leader in workforce development. Active and engaged advisory committees are an indispensable tool for advancing that central mission.

Advisory committees link us to our surrounding communities and employers, which can be at the national, state and/or local levels. They serve as content experts and as advocates. They point us and our students to career pathways and the current and future competencies needed to get a job or get a better job. They generously give us their time and help us to find needed resources, such as scholarships and equipment. They help us to establish and monitor the highest standards that keep our degrees, diplomas and certificates relevant in a fast changing world.

Advisory Committees help keep us relevant, connected and certain on our path towards being the nation’s workforce development leader. We offer these advisory committee best practices in appreciation of our advisory committees and as examples for others to adopt.


Program Improvement Examples:

The Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee lead the program’s accreditation effort through their coordination of SWOT analysis teams. This committee also surveyed the employers in order to build schedules and course offerings that are student and employer friendly.

The Human Services Technology Advisory Committee increased articulation agreements between CPCC and four-year universities, providing additional academic options for students.

The Hospitality Education Advisory Committee participated in industry-related research for the NCCCS Hospitality Curriculum Improvement Project and this committee helped faculty to complete its five-year, comprehensive program review.

The BMW Automotive Systems Technology Advisory Committee recommended and supports a student recruitment strategy called “Grow Your Own Technician”. BMW dealerships from across the southeastern USA recruit prospective technicians from their local high schools and refer them to CPCC’s BMW Automotive Systems Technology program.

The Horticulture and Turfgrass Advisory Committees regularly provide class lecturers and host field days where scientific research is presented.


Examples of Advisory Committees Helping Us Find Jobs for Students:

The Respiratory Therapy Advisory Committee helped open up access to pulmonary rehab labs for clinical lab experiences.

The Horticulture, Interpreter Education, Paralegal Technology and Office Administration Advisory Committees members have hired over 30 students as co-op’s, interns and/or as fulltime employees, proof that advisory committees are indispensable to our mission.

The Surgical Tech Advisory Committee provides clinical experiences for students annually.


Examples of Advisory Committees’ Advocacy:

Members of the Culinary Arts Advisory Committee helped champion the passing of a bond referendum, which including funding for the Phillip L Van Every Culinary Arts Center.

The International Trade Advisory Committee uses college designed marketing materials to build partnerships with Charlotte USEAC, the NC Department of Commerce, and the NC Export Council

The Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee has brought together child care directors, family child care providers, Smart Start, Child Care Resources, Head Start, UNCC, the NC Division of Child Development and CMS Pre-K to discuss relevant topics for this program’s consideration.

The Heavy Equipment-Caterpillar and BMW Advisory Committees facilitate annual equipment and vehicle loans, valued at $500,000+

The Cardiovascular Technology Advisory Committee helped secure the Agnes B. Weisiger grant for program support.

Autobody Technology Advisory Committee members will bring the International Collision and Repair training to CPCC’s Merancas Campus, which will benefit CPCC faculty and this region’s collision and repair technicians.


The accomplishments of CPCC’s Advisory Committees are extraordinary. Thank you. We hope these sample outcomes will help current and future committees.